Royals vs. Yankees Sunday Prediction
The Royals and Yankees will wrap up their weekend series in the Bronx on Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. ET tilt at Yankee Stadium. Given the Bombers’ rash of injuries, is the under the safe play for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, April 21, 2019
1:05 p.m. ET, Yankee Stadium, New York, NY
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 65% of the betting tickets are on the Yankees to beat the Royals on the moneyline.
Kansas City Royals Fantasy Spin
Whit Merrifield clubbed a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday. He took Masahiro Tanaka over the wall in the sixth inning with the bases empty. The dong was Merrifield's only hit in four chances in the lopsided loss. He is justifying his early draft position with a .292 batting average, three home runs, 10 RBI, 15 runs scored and five stolen bases. He led the majors with 45 stolen bases last year and contributes nicely in power and average as well.
New York Yankees Fantasy Spin
Clint Frazier went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI as the Yankees thumped the Royals 9-2 on Saturday. He hit a solo homer off starter Heath Fillmyer in the second inning, one of four players to go deep off Fillmyer in the game. He doubled later in the contest and has his slash line up to an impressive .351/.371/.649 with five bombs and 14 RBI on the season. If he keeps this up the Yankees will be forced to find a way to keep his bat in the lineup when the likes of Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Miguel Andujar and Didi Gregorius come off the injured list.
MLB Betting Trends
The Royals are 0-5 in Lopez’s last five starts.
The Yankees are 4-1 in their last five games overall.
The Yankees scored nine runs yesterday but they also added Judge to their ridiculously long list of injured players. They’re now without Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez. Right-handed batters are hitting just .191 versus Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez, who struck out 10 in his last start against the White Sox. Meanwhile, the Royals won a wRC+ of 72 and a team wOBA of .278 against left-handed pitchers, so James Paxton should prevent runs on his end, too.
The Pick: Royals/Yankees UNDER 8